Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

The Checkup Perry Klass M.D. The hardest questions pediatricians must routinely ask teenagers at checkups are those about depression and suicide. But they aren’t optional; we have to ask them, every time. From 2005 to 2014, the prevalence of depression — that is, the chance of having a major depressive episode over the course of...

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping a child in distress Nadine Kaslow, PhD What do you do when you’re worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? First and foremost, it’s important that you talk to him about your concerns in a calm, non-accusatory manner. Sometimes when parents are very worried, they end up saying, “Don’t...

What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

Signs your child might be more than moody Ron J. Steingard, MD Since adolescents are often moody, it can be difficult to recognize when your son or daughter has become depressed, and might need help. The thing people tend to notice first is withdrawal, or when the teenager stops doing things she usually likes to...

Depression in Children and Teens

No. 4; Updated July 2013 Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, as well. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of...

Bipolar Disorder In Children And Teens

No. 38; Updated March 2015 Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depressive illness) is an illness of the brain that causes extreme changes in a person’s mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. Children with bipolar disorder have periods (or episodes) of mania and depression. Manic Episodes: An episode of mania includes a period where someone’s mood has changed...

Never Punish a Child for Behavior Outside His Control

Make ADHD the enemy; not your child. Catch your child being good every day. Stop blaming others. And other rules for raising a child with ADHD that every parent should hear. Deborah Carpenter Most parents are good parents. But if your son or daughter has attention deficit disorder (ADHD), “good” may not be enough. To...

How Do the Symptoms of ADHD Change as Children Get Older?

The disorder isn’t just for kids, and if people go untreated, the stakes get higher as they grow older. Dr. Jeffrey Halperin, a psychologist at New York’s Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses the course of untreated attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and how it can have significant effects into adulthood.

What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom

Signs that a child might have the disorder, and other problems that may be confused with ADHD Caroline Miller Many children with ADHD show signs of the disorder before they reach school age. But it’s in school, when they are having trouble meeting expectations for kids in their grade, that most are referred for diagnosis....

ADHD in Children

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms and Getting Help It’s normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class, act without thinking, or get fidgety at the dinner table. But inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). ADHD can lead to problems at home and school...

ADHD & the Brain

No. 121; February 2017 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition where people have difficulty with inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, regulating their mood, and organization. For example, a child or teen with ADHD may have trouble in school and home with paying attention, concentrating, losing things, following directions, sitting still, acting without thinking, or getting mad and...